Easter Craft Roundup

Easter Craft Roundup

It’s Easter Sunday tomorrow and that can only mean one thing…chocolate! Or so my kids and I’m sure countless other kids think anyway. I have the easter eggs and gifts lined up ready for my girls. I didn’t get Kieron anything as he is only just starting to wean at the minute so even the baby ones are no good for him yet. I got the girls a chocolate egg each and a little toiletry set each. I usually make them an outfit each too but I have been run off my feet this year with the baby so tut to me. Bad mammy. All three of them have a couple of outfits off their nan anyway, aswell as sweets and eggs from everyone, so I don’t feel too guilty.

I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of a couple of good easter crafts I came across on my web travels so here you go. Here are my favourites.

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1. This is a craft after my own heart. My girls would love to do this too so they could feel like they were sewing like their mammy. Paper Plate Easter Sewing Craft by Red Ted Art

 

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2. This is a cute and easy craft, using things that are probably in the house already. Egg Carton Bunny by Crafty Morning

 

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3. Perfect for smaller kids. This is not necessarily easter related but daffodils are my favourite spring flower so when I saw this, I had to sneak it in. Spring Daffodil Craft by Clare’s Little Tots

 

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4. This is a great kids craft but also something I would enjoy doing! Easy Paper Easter Wreath by The Resourceful Mama

 

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5. Creme. Egg. Cookies. Oh my. These are a must. The Yummiest Creme Egg Cookies by Daisies & Pie

 

Happy Easter everyone!

Love adele

Recipe: Banana pancakes

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It’s half term here in Shrewsbury this week, but with Storm Doris blowing a hoolie outside and Pancake Day looming, we decided to stay in the warm and try out a pancake recipe I’ve been thinking about for a while.

This recipe is actually for egg free pancakes, it uses mashed banana instead of egg. We are not egg free in our house, but I love the subtle banana flavour. If you are not a fan of banana then obviously they are not for you, but we love banana so they are brilliant for us! They can be turned into vegan pancakes too by substituting the milk for almond milk or gluten free pancakes by substituting the flour and baking powder for gluten free versions. I love that they are so versatile and so healthy, but still delicious.

Banana Pancakes (serves 4)

290g plain flour (I used wholemeal)

2.5tsps baking powder

1tbsp sugar

2 x ripe bananas, mashed (makes about 225g)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

180ml (3/4 cup) milk

180ml (3/4 cup) water

Mix the flour, baking powder and sugar together in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix together the bananas, vanilla extract, milk and water. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix just enough to combine.

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Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan and drop the batter into the pan (I made each pancake with two tbsps of batter spread around a little into a rough circle just to help them cook a little quicker). Fry on one side until bubbles appear then flip. Cook for a few mins on the other side and serve hot or cold. We had ours with extra banana slices and chocolate spread. I don’t think anything goes better with banana than chocolate!

I hope you are all enjoying the half term break!

Love adele

Leyla’s 8th Birthday

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It was Leyla’s 8th birthday at the end of last week. I can’t believe that she is such a big girl now! It seems like yesterday I was rushed into hospital to have her! I almost had her at home after being sent home earlier in the day and being afraid to go back in just in case they sent me home again. She has turned into such a lovely little girl. She can have a hard, gobby front sometimes and she can be a handful but underneath she is so loving and sentimental. She is pretty shy but once she is your friend, she will do anything for you. She is like me in a lot of ways, so sometimes we do clash, but she knows that I would do anything for her, and always be in her corner.

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I was 24 when I had Leyla and I truly believe she saved my life. It is no secret to those who know me that I was anorexic before I got pregnant. I think the fact that there was a baby inside me was the only thing that was ever going to give me the motivation to get better. It wasn’t just my body anymore! Her middle name is Grace and I always call her my saving grace because that’s what she is. I don’t think I would be here today if it wasn’t for her, and then later Naomie and Kieron. They are my everything and I am so lucky to have all of them.

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For her birthday, I decided that she deserved some pampering, so I arranged for her, Naomie and one of their cousins to go and get their nails done. They went to a gorgeous little place in Shrewsbury called The Salon and they had a lovely afternoon! I can’t fault The Salon. Even after a disaster with a taxi, which ended up with us being 40 minutes late, they still gave us our appointment and did all three girls nails beautifully. Leyla went for pink sparkly and Naomie went for red sparkly, both to match their dresses.

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Instead of a party, we went for a big family meal and Leyla invited some of her best school friends. Leyla’s nan had ordered a cake to be made especially for her, a pretty sparkly heart shaped cake which the restaurant staff brought out for her and which Leyla was delighted with! She had a lovely day.

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In honour of her birthday, I thought it would be fun to ask her a few questions and then I have something I can look back on next year, to see how much she has changed.

  1. What is your favourite colour? Lilac
  2. What is your favourite toy? Seker
  3. What is your favourite fruit? Apple and mango
  4. What is your favourite TV show? Teen Titans Go
  5. What is your favourite film? Goosebumps movie
  6. What is your favourite game? Tag
  7. What is your favourite animal? Chihuahua
  8. What is your favourite song? Rockabye
  9. What is your favourite book? Goosebumps
  10. Who is your best friend? Mia
  11. What is your favourite drink? Coke
  12. What toy do you take to bed with you? Seker and Leah
  13. What is your favourite meal? Spaghetti bolognese
  14. What do you want to be when you grow up? Singer
  15. Do you have any pets? Cat called Jareth

Happy 8th birthday, Leyla!

Love adele

My Week: Tax Returns, Cuddles and Birthday Preparation

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This week I have mainly been doing my tax return, so unfortunately I have not had much time for crafting. The girls were at their dad’s house last weekend so it would’ve been the ideal time for me to get on with some new designs but it obviously wasn’t meant to be. Me and Kieron had a lovely weekend to ourselves though, having lots of cuddles while he was awake and me working away, crunching my numbers, while he napped. He is 3 months now, so officially not a newborn anymore. He is so active and alert now, it’s lovely to see. He has started smiling lots and babbling to anybody who will listen. He is so friendly, he charms everybody he meets. He has just started noticing his toys too and will sit and chat away to them.

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It is Leyla’s birthday this Saturday so I need to make her a dress to wear for her party. She has asked for a dress made with some pretty purple fabric in my stash so I need to get on it as soon as possible. I have a few orders to get out first though. I always end up leaving birthday dresses to the last minute then stressing through them. I seem to do it every year! Luckily the type of dress she would like is one that I have made many times before so it shouldn’t take me too long to make. Fingers crossed.

Wish me luck!

Love adele

 

My favourite makes of 2016

As 2016 is coming quickly to an end, I decided to look back at some of my favourite makes this year. Almost every time I finish something, it is added to the “cutest thing I’ve ever made” pile, so it was quite hard to narrow down but I came up with this list of my ultimate favourites of 2016.

1. Baby Bear Hooded Cardigan

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This is my favourite make of the year, and also my bestseller so it seems that everyone else loves it too! I have made several different colours for my new baby, some with ears and some without, and I love how versatile this design is. The Baby Bear Hooded Cardigan is currently available in sizes Newborn, 0-3m and 3-6m. Bigger sizes will be available next year.

2. Precious Party Dress

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I have always adored big, full dresses on little girls. Most of the dresses in my little girls’ wardrobes are this type of dress in varying fabrics. I just love the look of them with a petticoat underneath to emphasise the full skirt. This particular fabric is one of my favourites. I have always had a thing for polka dots and purple is my favourite colour. I would make this exact dress in my size if I thought I could get away with it! The Precious Party Dress is available in sizes 6 months – 10 years.

3. Father Christmas Baby Set

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I made one of these for my baby boy to wear for christmas. I wanted something cute for him to wear and also something that I could keep as a memory from his first christmas. This seemed perfect. The bib and hat are trimmed with super soft fluffy yarn and the trousers are available with or without the braces. The Father Christmas Baby Set is currently available in sizes Newborn, 0-3m and 3-6m. Bigger sizes will be available next year.

4. Little Lads Waistcoat

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This waistcoat is fully lined and can be made in a variety of fabrics. I am in love with this amazing owl fabric, so cute! The crocheted bow tie can be made in a wide range of colours. The Little Lads Waistcoat is currently available in sizes 6 months – 5 years. Bigger sizes will be available next year.

5. Rainbow Baby Cocoon Set

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I have seen so many cute pictures of newborn babies wrapped up in a cosy cocoon with a matching hat for a photoshoot and that was the inspiration for this set. I love the colours of this one, the rainbow theme is such a popular one and the matching hat just perfectly finishes it off. The Rainbow Baby Cocoon Set is available in sizes Newborn and 0-3m.

6. Pretty Pinafore Dress

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This dress is fully lined and can be made in a variety of fabrics. This vibrant bird fabric is a personal favourite of mine. This type of dress is very roomy in the width and therefore will fit for many years. My girls have dresses I made them years ago that still fit in the width, if not the length. They wear them with leggings and boots and look adorable! The Pretty Pinafore Dress is currently available in sizes 6 months – 6 years. Bigger sizes will be available next year.

7. Fox Earflap Hat

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I made this after seeing fox related crafts all over the internet. One of my favourite pictures was a newborn photoshoot with a tiny baby wearing a fox hat. I love how mine turned out, it is so cute! This hat features a cute button nose and can be made with or without braids. Other animals can also be made. The Fox Earflap Hat is available in sizes Newborn to Adult.

8. Big Bow Trousers

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When I first decided to make these trousers, I intended to make them for a little boy. I couldn’t resist adding the big bow and the ruffles along the bottom though, so now they are lovely and girly. They can be made in a variety of fabrics, with or without the bow, and also with or without the ruffles on the bottom. The Big Bow Trousers are available in sizes 6 months – 8 years.

9. Classic Collared Dress

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The whole time I was making this dress, I was wondering whether I could get away with dressing my little boy in it. I decided in the end that I couldn’t but that doesn’t stop me from loving the dress. It just makes me want a little girl to put it on! This dress can be made in a  wide range of colours. I have a slight obsession with collars on dresses and I adore the way this turned out. The Classic Collared Dress is currently available in sizes Newborn, 0-3m and 3-6m. Bigger sizes will be available next year.

10. Sweet Elasticated Skirt

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An elasticated skirt was one of the first things I taught myself how to make and I have made many more since then. I really like this loveheart fabric, it is so bright and colourful! I love that it is so easy to match with a top, due to the amount of colours in the print. The Sweet Elasticated Skirt is available in sizes Newborn to 10 years.

There you go, 10 of my absolute favourites from 2016. I hope you like them as much as I do. You can find many more handmade clothes and accessories in my Etsy shop, on my Facebook page, on my Instagram or on my Twitter.

Have an amazing New Year everyone and I’ll see you in 2017!

Love adele

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Christmas Traditions

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This week I have been thinking lots about family christmas traditions. Up until this year, we have only had a couple of things we do every christmas. My girls are older now so I want to up my game a bit and create magical christmas memories for them to treasure.

My christmas decorations usually go up in the last week of November. I was totally late this year after having my son and moving house so they weren’t put up until the second week of December. I love my christmas decorations, I think they make the house look amazing. I always have a red, white and silver theme. Some things I buy new and most things I reuse from the years before. I love to get all of the old grotto pictures and put them up around the front room, it’s so nice seeing the kids when they were younger and they really enjoy looking at them.

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I made quite a few decorations myself and we have an elf that sits on the tree and watches the kids to see if they are good. He reports back to Father Christmas and this helps decide whether the kids are on the good or naughty list. I can’t remember where I got the elf from. I think it must’ve been a gift from someone but I can’t remember who. My girls love looking at him and seeing if he’s moved and telling him that they are good.

Ever since Leyla’s first christmas, I have made sure that every year the kids have had new pyjamas and a book on Christmas Eve. I didn’t realise how many other people did this too. I like to make the pyjamas somehow christmas related for the Christmas Day morning pictures but I know that not everyone cares about that. I have also always picked a book about christmas because I think it gets the kids into the spirit of christmas and gets them excited.

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This year, as the girls are 6 and 7, I am going a bit more all out with the Christmas Eve bags. Kieron is just getting a little christmas sleepsuit, as he will be just short of 12 weeks on Christmas Eve so there is not really much I can give him. The girls bag will be much bigger. They will be getting a joint gift bag with a pair of reindeer pyjamas each, a christmas book each, a cup each with a hot chocolate sachet and a chocolate bar in, a little bag of homemade reindeer food (glitter and oats – so easy!), a magic key as we have no fireplace, a little plate for them to leave Father Christmas his treats on and some popcorn. I will find us a nice christmassy film to watch on Netflix and it will be lovely.

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We usually leave Father Christmas a few cookies and a glass of milk or mulled wine and a carrot and reindeer food for Rudolph. I love the plate I found this year to put the treats on! I found this last week in Wilkinsons and thought it was cute.

I like to keep Christmas Eve a family day, with no running around getting last minute things done. I try and make sure that all of the wrapping and jobs are done by the 23rd. Bedtime on Christmas Eve is obviously not easy, with the kids being so excited, but I try to get them in bed early so I can have an early night ready for what is usually a very early morning on Christmas Day.

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On Christmas Day, I always make sure that one of their presents is a nice outfit and pair of party shoes that they can wear on the day. I usually make or buy a beautiful red party dress. This year, with it being Kieron’s first christmas, I made him a crocheted Father Christmas outfit to wear.

We are going to my parents house for dinner and afterwards we will play games and sing karaoke and have a nice family evening together with more mulled wine. I can’t wait!

What are your family christmas traditions?

Love adele

 

Welcome to my new blog!

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Welcome to Kizim Kouture!

For those that don’t know, I thought I would do an about me so you know who you are reading about. My name is Adele and this is my little corner of the internet.

I have two little girls, Leyla who is 7 and Naomie who is 6 and a baby boy called Kieron. I have my own business selling excellent quality, handmade children’s clothes and accessories, which I run from my home in Shropshire.

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I first started crafting when I was pregnant with Leyla. I taught myself to sew and crochet and have never looked back really. I love seeing my children in clothes I have made and they have many things made by me in their wardrobes.

I opened Kizim Kouture at the beginning of 2015 and I am absolutely thrilled with how far my business has come in such a short time. I love being able to create beautiful items for people and seeing how happy they are with my clothes, it really makes all the hard work worth it.

On this blog, I hope to share child-friendly recipes, craft tutorials, family adventures and parenting articles, along with updates and product showcases from my shop.

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If you would like to see more, you can find me on my website, Kizim Kouture or my Facebook group. I am also on EtsyFacebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Come and say hi!

Love adele